Snakes in the Garden – Op-ed

Be happy!

Or how even the best of intentions can fail…[Crosspost from yourhomelessblog] ¬† Every day now is a struggle for many Americans who must cope with the prevalent surreality — if they are awake! How many of us are not awake, because we are forced into a mold that disallows us the privilege of thinking for ourselves much less with expression? […]

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Progressives want Build Back Better to include HUD, but when and how?

Save public easement

WASHINGTON — On July 20th, the House Financial Services Committee held an extended hearing in Congress over proposed legislation by California Representative Maxine Waters. The hearing was attended mandatorily by new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge. The Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen was not present however. Waters, who represents the Los Angeles 43rd District, has proposed […]

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DC Grassroots Decry Planning Code Revision

Empower DC Priorities Lower 50% Needs Come First

According to Empower DC, a Washington, D.C. city-wide coalition of local grassroots citizen organizations, the proposed changes to the DC Comprehensive Plan underway is a developers’ brainchild. The revision will intensify redevelopment and gentrification not only in urban neighborhoods but existing residential neighborhoods, such as in Anacostia. They are doing so by demanding reclassification of zoning considerations, shortening or eliminating […]

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Signs Your Habitat is Controlled by a Slumlord

Homeless in DC

Here is a crosspost from YourHomelessBlog.blogspot.com Recently I ran into a person I used to see at Miriam’s Kitchen, one of the poets of our group. There were several white males in our group that met every Wednesday morning (pre-Covid). One was a former professor, up in years, who due to taking care of his wife, had used up his […]

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Sharing Future Visions from the #UNGA75 Commemoration

#ShapingOurFuture Conference UN75

The thematic celebration of United Nations Global Anniversary 75 years brought many perspectives to light for “Shaping Our Future Together.” It was the first virtual conference of its kind, a summit of recorded statements by heads of states, ministers, and diplomats. All 193 members were allowed to deliver speeches of up to 10 minutes. The official celebration was held between […]

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Fighting Voter Suppression in Underrepresented Communities

OurHomes-OurVotes.org

Nonprofits are stepping up to ensure that all voters have access to the voting booth this election. Several organizations working hard to get the vote out including the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC), and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), but the COVID19 pandemic has transformed the landscape into a digital […]

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DC Homeless experience COVID-19 side effects

Union Station missing spring tourists

The homeless community in the Washington, D.C. metro region are abnormally adversely affected by all the side ramifications of COVID-19 from not being able to frequent their usual haunts to not being able to panhandle. Many of the most vulnerable suffer from mental illness and may not even be aware of the crisis. They may not understand the symptoms of […]

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Yang2020: Humanity First

Yang at Iowa Town Hall

Mr. Yang, a self-made entrepreneur, appears to be a fresh face on the political scene. Only 44 years old, he is the founder of a training camp for startups called Venture for America. So far, as presidential candidate, he is best known for proposing a Universal Basic Income (UBI), a basic wage for all Americans of $1000 per month. The […]

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DC Tenants Union draws attention to affordability crisis

TENAC organizes, April 5, 2019

The DC Tenants Union met on July 20, 2019 at the All Souls Church on 16th Street in Washington, D.C. Visitors and union members exchanged stories about how increasing rent prices have affected them and what they are trying to do about it. DC Tenants Union is one of a handful of organizations representing tenant organizing and advocacy by tenants […]

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Protesters gather at University of the District of Columbia to raise public outcry over diminishing public housing

UDC Live Theater

Washington — At least 40 protesters from housing activist groups such as Empower DC, People for Fairness Coalition, National Coalition for the Homeless, and others gathered at the University Theater where the Mayor delivered her 2019 State of the District Address starting at 5:30pm. The demonstrators¬† marched, chanted, and sang for nearly an hour despite the presence of police cars […]

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Government agencies hurt by Trump shutdown policy

No tourists visiting NASM

WASHINGTON—Since the government shut down began a couple days before Christmas in December 2018, a segment of President Trump supporters have been rejoicing over the shutdown. This is because security contractors, such as Booz-Allen-Hamilton, who hold huge contracts funded by the Pentagon, are relatively immune. Workers at the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and […]

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